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Is today different ~ from the beginning of Islam?
Below: Our emails and trick questions & our answers from 1998 - until today.
This started when websites first attacked Islam. One website promised $10,000 Reward to anyone proving any mistake of their attack on Quran & Islam. Along with this offer, came the promise to completely remove their website from the Internet. (of course they didn't)
Their "bait" is in place and we Muslims went after it, like sucker fish. Whether the Muslims knew any proofs or even had a clue about the Arabic language, that did not matter at all.
The Muslims just saw a chance to 'DEFEND ISLAM' (and make $10,000).
The website DID NOT post any rebuttals from real scholars or reply to proven evidence against their very poor and very old attacks against Islam -- mostly gathered from Arab Christians' insults built from centuries of denying the validity of Islam.
Instead the website began to boast the ravings and mistakes of uneducated Muslims to even basics of the deen along with some very nasty (even filthy) remarks, poor grammar and bad English.
Knowing our Muslim population on the Internet at the time, it wasn't even necessary to fabricate responses to the evil website and its vulgar and twisted insults toward the world's fastest growing faith of Islam.
These websites became popular mostley due to the number of "hits" (visits) by the Muslims. Tens of thousands of "hits" and hundreds of comments and rages were posted on these types of websites over the next few months.
Results? Those websites (not Muslim sites) came up on top of search engines (Googel, Bing, Alta Vista and Yahoo!)
Muslims were the last to learn about the Internet and how it really works. The evil of these people (and their own true religion, is any) until we learn, we have to deal with these problems.
Scholars say: DO NOT VISIT WEBSITES ATTACKING ISLAM - IT IS HARAM (for any reason).
The first is a series of emails came to me from someone called "Heath". First he said he wanted to be a Muslim - But, he needed more 'proof'.
See evidences offered to him, please visit our website: WhatsIslam.com
Every time we emailed him with proofs and answers - he wrote back with more and more questions - But he never acknowledged any proofs we sent him, even once.
Here's how it started . . .
'Ok mr. yusuf, i read about you and now i ask you, "Can i go to paradise if i am good person, but I don't quran or mohamed?" I am confused on this..
Here's my answer to "Mr. Heath":
Bismillah Rahman Raheem. Salam - Peace be to all who follow true guidance. Thanks for your letter, Heath. Let's see what we can do to help you out of confusion and into clear thinking - OK?
According to Muhammand, peace be upon him: "Every child is born on the fitrah (natural condition) of being Muslim (submission to God's Will), but it is their parents who raise them up to be a Jew, Christian or fire-worshipper (idolator)"
He also told us:
Any child who dies, will go to Heaven (regardless of the religion of the parents) and will be with Abraham, peace be upon him, asking Almighty God, "Let my parents be here with me".
From this we learn a human from the time of birth is already on the right track but their enviornment will begin to offer different ways, or avenues away from the natural inclination to worship One God, Alone without any partners (basis of Islam).
The ones who are in trouble are those who rejected or denied the proofs when they came to them and refused to believe in Allah and obey Him on His terms.
Our prophet, peace be upon him, said:
"No one will remain in Hell Fire forver, except those who refuse to leave." He was asked, "Who would refuse to leave Hell Fire?". He answered, "Anyone who hears about me and the message I have been sent with, and refuses to accept, they have refused to leave Hell Fire".
If someone lived at the time of Abraham, Moses or Jesus the Christ (peace be upon them) and believed in their God (Allah) and followed their prophet and his Shari'ah (Laws of God given to prophets), the person would be the same as a Muslim following Muhammad, peace be upon him, today.
Hope we helped you to find the truth about real Islam, Heath. Let me know if I can help you with anything else. OK?
Christian missionaries who claim Quran points to Bible as being valid or still in authority are making false statements, otherwise why would Prophet Moses, peace be upon him, have to leave his former Shari'ah for the revelation of Allah's Quran?
We refer back to the Quran in the following verses:
- "Verily, the Deen (way of life) with Allah is Islam" (chapter 3, Al Imran, verse 19)
- "Whoever seeks after any religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted of them, and in the Hereafter they will be amongst the loosers" (chapter 3, Al Imran, verse 85)
- "On this day, I (Allah) have perfected for you, your deen (way of life) and conferred upon you My Favor, and have chosen for you to to submit in Al-Islam (peaceful submission to God Almighty). (Chapter 5, Al Maidah, verse 3)
It is clear that Islam is the final religion and whoever does not accept Islam would be a loser on the last Day.
Regarding previously "revealed religions", such as Judaism and Christianity -- It is understood in Islam, these were valid at the time of revelation in the era in which these prophets, such as Abraham, Moses, Jonah, Solomon and Jesus Christ (peace be upon them all) - and this is confirmed in the Quran itself.
However, these were abrogated (replaced or updated) by the universal message of Islam. This is also confirmed in a number of verses in the Holy Quran.
The English speaking Muslims are themselves sometimes confused on these points, due to exposure to false theories offered by some translators and teachers affirming these faith groups today as if they were the same as when revealed, but they ignore or deny abrogation of them and do not mention it is kufr (disbelief) to consider these remnant cults that might still bear the name of these previously valid revealed relitions, such as "Christianity" and "Judaism". These are not acceptable to Allah, Almighty and Most High is He, after they have come to know about prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and the message with which he was sent to the entire world.
--- Note: All scholars of Islam agree upon this matter. There is no disagreement of Muslim scholars concering abrogation of previous religions such as Jewish and Christian, and more important for Muslims, believing in these today as being valid is one form of kufr.
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May Allah guide all of us to His Truth, ameen.
Salam alaykum - Yusuf Estes
National Muslim Chaplain (now retired)
Answers from Sheik Yusuf Estes, National Muslim chaplain (retired), American born, former Christian, a student of excellent scholars in aqeedah (belief), fiqh (understanding) and Arabic language. He does offer help with authentic information - in easy English for questions about Islam and Muslims.
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